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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Annapolis Secret Gardens - 2014


The weekend of June 7th & 8th the Hammond-Harwood House sponsored their 15th Secret Garden Tour of Annapolis, Maryland town homes.  Here is a selection of photos of our pleasant afternoon walking tour through the quaint neighborhoods of old Annapolis. . . .

132 Charles Street. . . .

Of course, I knew I would love the garden behind this house right away. . .
To get to the back yard you walk down the driveway.  This is one of the back doors. . . .
Once in the yard there is a very large bricked-patio with this seating arrangement. . . .


But it was this formal garden at the back of the yard that impressed me the most. . . .



 This is the view of the house from the back of the garden. . . .

131/137 Charles Street. . . .
This house and the one next door share a common driveway.  That is not a problem because the parents sold this house to their daughter and moved next door.  Now the grandkids have a place to ride their bikes between the two gardens. . . .



74 Charles Street is the Charles Inn B&B. . . .
You enter the back garden through this arbor of roses. . . .
 And come through. . . .
. . . to an open area bordered with large areas of plantings. . . .
. . .that lead you around to this path. . . .
 . . .that takes you down to the water. . . .

114 Market Street was a quiet haven. . . . 


86 Market Street's garden was very narrow and long. . . .

 In the very back behind the fence. . . .
 . . .was another path that led to. . . .
 . . .this seating area. . . .



As you head back toward the house you pass lovely garden fixtures that add even more interest to the garden. . . .



83 Market Street has a glimpse of the water from the front walk. . . .
Around back is a private serene setting. . . .

100 Market Street's garden was a narrow bricked side yard that led to a deck in the back. . . .

The Upton Scott House,  4 Shipwright Street. . . .
There was no garden to speak of in the large back yard, but this door in the garden wall leads one's imagination to its own making. . . .

4 Revell Street took advantage of the neighbor's white picket fence to lend it some charm. . . .

5 Revell Street's garden is reached from a common area in the back of the house. . . .
After climbing the steps to the terrace you can catch a glimpse of their water view between the trees. . . .

3 Revell Street's garden is the same, only they are even higher up. . . .


7 Shipwright Harbor was entered from a long side walkway. . . .



The Rideout House, 120 Duke of Gloucester Street had a large formal garden. . . .
 This is the back of the house. . . .

I was inspired by several of these gardens.  I've added more garden fixtures to my own garden to make it more interesting when the flowers start to fade.  If that doesn't happen too soon, I'll be posting photos of my garden early next week.

19 comments:

  1. Lovely! Now I want to go there...I am going to share this with my hubby.

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    1. It is a very lovely town to walk around. Lots of shops and places to eat.

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  2. Cathy, another beautiful tour with interesting links to peruse. Walking access to the water's edge seems especially appealing, in addition to all the lovely surroundings. My eye was drawn to the bamboo border at 100 Market St. and has me wondering about its hardiness so far north. Looking forward to seeing what's happening in your own secluded gardens! Thanks always for sharing.

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    1. Sharon, bamboo survives quite nicely here in Maryland. We have a patch of it here. It survived last winter whereas my Butterfly Bush and Hydrangea did not!

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  3. I love all the beautiful homes on the tour in Annapolis. It's a lovely town and we enjoy visiting there. The gardens are very inspiring to me--so much can be done with small spaces. My husband and I took a garden tour in Richmond of the small backyard gardens in the Fan area. There is so much creativeness in the hearts of gardeners. ♥

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    1. We've been on Virginia's Garden Week tours several times. Some wonderful gardens to be found there, too!

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    2. Va Garden Week is just wonderful! We try to always go at least to the Fredericksburg open gardens. ♥

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    3. What a wonderful tour. You do the coolest little trips! I've only driven through Annapolis on the way somewhere. It reminds me of Charleston a bit. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

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    4. Glad you enjoyed it. Annapolis is where our granddaughter lives at the moment, so going on the tour was not really a trip! After we did it, we babysat so our son and his wife could go on it.

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  4. Thank you Cathy, for the lovely tour. Just went to Nantucket with Susan and now these lovely gardens in Annapolis with you. I need to get out of Texas often, so this helps. Looking forward to the pictures of your garden.
    Chris

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  5. My goodness that was a lovely tour! I love each and every one and am especially enamored with the formal box garden at the first property. I am not much good with formal gardens but really appreciate them. So refreshing to take a stroll thru some one else's yard !

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    1. I agree. We gardeners know just how much work goes into maintaining a garden, so it's nice to stroll through a garden that we didn't have to do the work in! Although, I do find it immensely satisfying to stroll through my garden when it looks its best. But when I see bug or disease or too much sun damage, it's hard to enjoy my own garden.

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  6. Great virtual tour again, Cathy. You are the best at this - I feel like I was really there. Of all the houses, I think I'd want to have the Upson Scott house - it's just my style. Plus it's fun to play "landscaper" in my head too. Dreary cloudy rainy day here - but we need it so it's good. Have a great evening... :>)

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    1. Hi Janet! Glad you took the tour and felt inspired. I hope all is well. Are you still going to the Tasha Tudor event next week near you?

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  7. Unfortunately the way it worked out with my car lease, the 23rd is the day I turn in my "old" car and take delivery on the new one. It's actually due back on the 28th but GM has some offers and benefits that will lower my payment if I sign just a little earlier. I guess dealerships really hate last-minute deals at the end of the month - something about their "numbers." But I've checked out the Macedon group quite thoroughly online and it looks great. I will for sure try to get to some Fall events, especially since the drive out there [about 30 miles for me] will be just outstanding, color-wise. And that particular area is where we start to get hills and mountains here in western upstate New York, which makes it even better. Everything is quite flattish here near the Lake. PS - how nice that at one of the stops the parents live next door to their daughter and grandkids. My Mom would have loved an arrangement like that! Forgot to ask before. Do "real people" live in ALL these houses? If so, are they lucky or what?

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    1. That's too bad that you'll miss the Tasha Tudor birthday celebration, but I'm glad you'll be able to make the other get togethers. You'll have to tell me about the meetings so I will have ideas for mine! Yes, to your question about real people living in all those houses in Annapolis.

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  8. Late to the party {breaking in a new laptop} but oh! such a beautiful party to be late for ~~~ what a pleasure it has been strolling around some of the stunning private gardens of old town Annapolis! Thank you for the treat! Waving ~~~

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    1. Better late than never, as they say!

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